Đerdap National Park
Where the Danube River breaks through the Carpathians
- Location: The Djerdap National Park is situated in the south-east of Europe, in the north-east of the Republic of Serbia, along the international border with Romania.
- Size: 63.608 hectares
- Estabilished: 1974
A blend of time and nature on land and water, the largest national park in Serbia, Djerdap National Park, is located in north-eastern Serbia, on the border with Romania. Spanning 63,608 hectares along 100 km of the Danube’s right bank, from Golubac to Karataš near Kladovo, the National Park comprises zones with various protection regimes for natural objects, cultural monuments, fauna and relict plant species, which illustrate the development of vegetation series from times immemorial until the present day. Djerdap National Park is often called ‘river national park’ because the Danube makes up a significant portion of the Park. The miraculous Iron Gate, the largest and longest water breakthrough in Europe, is also a natural botanical garden and the biggest European archeological open-air museum.
The richness of the flora of Djerdap National Park is reflected in over a thousand plant species and more than 20 elements of the flora, including the Sub-mediterranean, Pontian, Moesian, Balkan etc. all of which indicates a specific history and characteristic. The Djerdap area was and still is quite intriguing for botanists, which is upheld by the fact that during his research of the flora of the Kingdom of Serbia, Serbian botanist Josif Pančić visited Djerdap and its surroundings no fewer than 12 times in the period from 1853 to 1876.